The French Competition Authority accepts commitments from a technology company and a mobile telecommunications company to waive distribution exclusivity of mobile telephones (Apple / Orange)

On 11 January 2010, the French Competition Authority handed down its first decision of 2010, accepting the commitments undertaken by Apple and Orange to waive any distribution exclusivity on current and future iPhones models [1]. Such Commitment Decision, taken pursuant to Article L. 464-2 I of the French Commercial Code, will be binding upon the undertakings concerned, and (normally) bring the case to a close. The 2008 Competition Council's Interim Measures [2] Acting upon a complaint brought in September 2008 by Bouygues Telecom (3rd telecom operator in the French market), on the basis of anticompetitive practices resulting from the iPhone distribution and sales conditions in France, the Competition Council ordered interim measures against Apple and Orange, entailing the

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Lila Ferchiche, The French Competition Authority accepts commitments from a technology company and a mobile telecommunications company to waive distribution exclusivity of mobile telephones (Apple / Orange), 11 January 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin Commitment Decisions, Art. N° 30196

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